Fall 2015 Benthic Monitoring Results

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FOMR’s fall benthic monitoring was completed on October 18th.  Seven certified monitors and nine assistant monitors helped collect the critters and record the data.

Each site monitored receives a “score” – a number between 0 and 12 – from the VA Save Our Streams (SOS) Multimetric Index. The SOS Multimetric Index score is a representation of the suitability of the stream for aquatic life. The score is determined by the number and kind of aquatic critters found in a water sample. You will find more info on our benthic monitoring program by clicking here.

  • An SOS Index score of 9 to 12 = Acceptable ecological condition
  • An SOS Index score of 8 = Ecological condition cannot be determined at this time (Gray Zone)
  • An SOS Index score of 0 to 7 = Unacceptable ecological condition

Sites & Scores (all sites are on main stem of Middle River):

Many thanks to the following FOMR volunteers who collected the samples and counted the critters: Pete Cooper, Paul Bugas, Sherry Stanley, Sara Jordan, Ann Cline, Adrie Voors, Chris & Kaylee Kasnosky, Reese Bull, Phillip Davis, Dustin Staton, Rick Chittum, David Fuller, and Whit Morriss.  Thank you to Kate Guenther for recording the data for FOMR.

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